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Integration: Opera Man Style

On a lighter note: I have to share a little post script from yesterday’s post on CFF Bootcamp.  My partner in crime and in integration, Ken Rodoff, shared a video he produced with his coaching cohort after I left.  The group was tasked with the following: Share a day in the life of a technology [...]

Shift happened. The librarian divide

Yesterday I presented a session on teacher/librarian partnerships for the technology coaches at our state Classrooms for the Future Boot Camp.  Our high school is one of a growing number across the state included in the generous grant which will equip every classroom in the core subject areas–defined by the grant as English, Social Studies, [...]

Meet TED

Don’t tell my husband! For quite some time now I’ve been getting away from the pressures of home and school and ordinary, inside-the-box thinking.  I’ve been visiting with TED.  Having TED in my kitchen, after the dinner dishes are cleared, allows me to imagine I am channeling Gertrude Stein.  Like Gertrude, I can host great [...]

Presenting Google Presentations

It seemed that the whole Twittosphere was tweeting about Google’s new presentation application in Google Docs today. This brand new web-based app joins Google’s other online tools–documents and spreadsheets.  Google Presentation also joins the ranks of other online slide show tools, including Zoho Show, VoiceThread, and Slide Rocket (about to launch) and such photo slide [...]

The New York Times wants to be free (online)

Tomorrow night at midnight, The New York Times will stop charging for access to parts of its site according to an article by Richard Pérez-Peña in today’s Business section. "In addition to opening the entire site to all readers, The Times will also make available its archives from 1987 to the present without charge, as [...]

SKILLs: Please call. It’s urgent!

When your BLGF (best library girlfriend) is worried, you pay attention.  When that BLGF is also the president of AASL, you help her rally the troups. Immediately. Sara Kelly Johns wants all of us to act on the SKILLs (Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries) Act, to see that it is included as an [...]

Conference options: My June mess and K12 Online

Why is it the end of June is always such a mess for me? And why am I worried about June in September? I have my presentation proposal in front of me for NECC 2008 (with its October 1 deadline) and I find myself struggling with the same conference decision I had last year.   Do [...]

My sweet digital natives, their information spaces, and trying to Yoda

In the past few days I realized my assumptions about my seniors were a little off.  And I made an important discovery about widgets. Here’s what I learned as we set up senior blogs and discussed a few new information strategies. 1. I kinda figured they were bloggers. The only blogs they’ve kept so far [...]

Transparency and constructivism, etc. (Or five good reasons to blog the research process)

A little while back I argued that your next wiki should be a pathfinder.  Here’s another argument: major research projects should be blogged. This week marked the third year I’ve introduced the concept of research blogs to students. This year, the idea is catching on bigtime. For major projects, like our culminating Senior Seminar project, [...]

School issues in the burbs: no easy solutions

I returned to school yesterday.  Happily, our district and our association reached a tentative agreement after many tough hours of negotiation.  While many of us at Springfield Township worried about our contract, other challenges faced our neighboring suburban Philadelphia schools.  These controversies point to critical issues addressing many of our high schools–school safety and the achievement gap. [...]